NFL Free Agency Day 4 Roundup: Steve Smith Joins Baltimore; Hakeem Nicks to Colts
The dominos continue to fall into place with each passing day, and the majority of the big names are coming off the board. Here’s a roundup of Day 4 in NFL Free Agency:
Another wide receiver on the move in Hakeem Nicks, who has a chance to bounce back from back-to-back disappointing campaigns with his new team, the Indianapolis Colts. The ex-Giants wideout signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million to haul in passes from Andrew Luck.
The veteran Steve Smith didn’t waste any time finding a new home. Smith proved the rumors were true when he inked a three-year, $11 million pact to join the Baltimore Ravens. Smith promised “blood and guts” whenever he faces his former club. The Ravens host the Carolina Panthers at M&T Stadium this coming season.
A pair of Tier 2 tight ends, Andrew Quarless and Scott Chandler, both re-signed with their clubs. The Green Bay Packers re-upped with Quarless on a two-year, $3 million deal, likely making fellow tight end Jermichael Finley expendable. Chandler did the same with the Buffalo Bills for two years.
“The Blindside” is coming back to its roots. Ex-Ravens tackle Michael Oher agreed to a multiyear deal with the Tennessee Titans and will now protect Jake Locker‘s blindside. The contract is believed to be worth $20 million over four years, including $9.5 million in guaranteed money. Oher’s tenure in Baltimore was seemingly over once the team traded for Eugene Monroe, then handed him a big-money deal earlier in the week.
Another tackle changing jerseys is Anthony Collins, who joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a five-year, $30 million deal. The Bucs released longtime tackle Donald Penn, who played 112 games in Tampa, to create space for Collins.
The center market got some action Friday when Evan Dietrich-Smith signed a four-year, $14.25 million deal to also head to Tampa. Dietrich-Smith was Pro Football Focus’ No. 8 center last season with the Packers.
The long-awaited signing of Julius Peppers finally transpired, as the Pro Bowl end opted to stay in the Chicago Bears’ division to join the Packers on a three-year pact. The deal reportedly including $7.5 million in guaranteed dough and could max out at $30 million in his first season.
The latest veteran linemen to join the Oakland Raiders in Antonio Smith. The ex-Texans end signed a two-year, $9 million deal, and will now play alongside LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck, both of whom signed with Oakland earlier in the week.
B.J. Raji opted to re-up with Green Bay for another season. He signed a $4 million deal for the 2014 season and now probably regrets not taking the long-term offer the team extended him last offseason.
Elsewhere, Vance Walker signed a three-year, $13 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, and ex-Steeler Ziggy Hood agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Buffalo Bills nabbed a pair of linebackers Friday in the form of Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers. The ex-Patriot, Spikes, signed on for one year at $3.25 million, while the veteran Rivers agreed to a two-year, $4.05 million contract.
Daryl Smith re-upped with the Ravens for four more years as well.
Despite all of the confusion, Brandon Browner finally came to the terms with the New England Patriots on a three-year, $17 million deal. Browner joins Darrelle Revis as the new starting corners for New England, but will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension.